Offshore Mariners United Leads Protest Against Trico Marine at Offshore Technology Conference

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Offshore Mariners United

    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Offshore Mariners United (OMU) led a
 rally at the Offshore Technology Conference today to protest Trico Marine
 Services, Inc.'s anti-worker and anti-union policies towards mariners working
 on the company's U.S. Flag vessels in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields.  OMU was
 joined by working mariners as well as representatives and members from the
 Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston area union locals, the Green Party, the Sierra
 Club, Students Against Sweatshops and others from the Houston community.
 Protesters held signs reading, "Mariners Demand the Right to Organize Now,"
 and chanted, "No Justice at Trico," while passing out leaflets to conference
 attendees.
     Dave Eckstein, Field Director of OMU, addressed the crowd, saying, "The
 anti-union, anti-worker practices of the boat companies operating in the Gulf
 of Mexico fly in the face of the U. S. Constitution, the laws of this country
 and all international standards of human rights and worker's rights and it
 must stop.  Trico's behavior in particular has been condemned by the Gulf
 Coast Worker's Justice Board and questioned by members of the Texas'
 congressional delegation and we're here to let Trico and the other boat
 companies know that they aren't going to get away with it."
     "One of the most dangerous things for a worker to do in this country is to
 try to organize a union at work," said Richard Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer of
 the Harris County AFL-CIO, "The right to organize is in serious jeopardy and
 Trico Marine Services is a terrible example of this trend."
     Dale Wortham, President, Harris County AFL-CIO, speaking speaking to the
 crowd, said, "The labor movement in Houston is behind OMU all the way and
 we'll stand out wherever you go until this is done and Trico recognizes
 worker's rights."
     Also addressing the rally were Scott Leibling of the Marine Engineers
 Beneficial Association, and Wayne Farthling of the International Organization
 of Masters, Mates & Pilots.
     Offshore Mariners United is a project of five American maritime unions --
 the American Maritime Officers, the International Organization of Masters,
 Mates & Pilots, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, the National
 Maritime Union and the Seafarers International Union-the AFL-CIO and the
 International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  OMU is devoted to assisting
 mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in their fight for the dignity, justice
 and respect they deserve.  For more information, visit:
 http://www.offshoremarinersunited.org
 
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    HOUSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Offshore Mariners United (OMU) led a
 rally at the Offshore Technology Conference today to protest Trico Marine
 Services, Inc.'s anti-worker and anti-union policies towards mariners working
 on the company's U.S. Flag vessels in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields.  OMU was
 joined by working mariners as well as representatives and members from the
 Harris County AFL-CIO, Houston area union locals, the Green Party, the Sierra
 Club, Students Against Sweatshops and others from the Houston community.
 Protesters held signs reading, "Mariners Demand the Right to Organize Now,"
 and chanted, "No Justice at Trico," while passing out leaflets to conference
 attendees.
     Dave Eckstein, Field Director of OMU, addressed the crowd, saying, "The
 anti-union, anti-worker practices of the boat companies operating in the Gulf
 of Mexico fly in the face of the U. S. Constitution, the laws of this country
 and all international standards of human rights and worker's rights and it
 must stop.  Trico's behavior in particular has been condemned by the Gulf
 Coast Worker's Justice Board and questioned by members of the Texas'
 congressional delegation and we're here to let Trico and the other boat
 companies know that they aren't going to get away with it."
     "One of the most dangerous things for a worker to do in this country is to
 try to organize a union at work," said Richard Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer of
 the Harris County AFL-CIO, "The right to organize is in serious jeopardy and
 Trico Marine Services is a terrible example of this trend."
     Dale Wortham, President, Harris County AFL-CIO, speaking speaking to the
 crowd, said, "The labor movement in Houston is behind OMU all the way and
 we'll stand out wherever you go until this is done and Trico recognizes
 worker's rights."
     Also addressing the rally were Scott Leibling of the Marine Engineers
 Beneficial Association, and Wayne Farthling of the International Organization
 of Masters, Mates & Pilots.
     Offshore Mariners United is a project of five American maritime unions --
 the American Maritime Officers, the International Organization of Masters,
 Mates & Pilots, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, the National
 Maritime Union and the Seafarers International Union-the AFL-CIO and the
 International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).  OMU is devoted to assisting
 mariners in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in their fight for the dignity, justice
 and respect they deserve.  For more information, visit:
 http://www.offshoremarinersunited.org
 
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